It has been a privilege to serve the community of Turlock since I was elected to the City Council in November 2006. As my term comes to an end in December, I have reflected on the many positive changes that have occurred in our community such as; increased funding for public safety and a strategic plan for the police department resulting in lower crime and more rapid response times, a local vendor preference policy to help put Turlock tax dollars to work in our community, and numerous RDA projects which include rebuilding Fire Station Number 1, investing in the Carnegie Arts Center, refurbishing Joe Debely Stadium, building infrastructure for the WISP to position ourselves for future growth, and the Columbia water park. Along with these and many other positive changes the City Council has also faced difficult and controversial issues including; the replacement of key executive staff positions, navigating the city’s role regarding homeless issues and providing a fiscally conservative budget in a downturned economy.
Through all of these issues and countless more, I have worked hard to represent those who elected me and have been grateful for the chance to serve them. I am also thankful for the full support of my family and friends over these past four years.
Therefore, it is with mixed feelings that I have decided not to run for a second term. On one hand I believe I could play an effective role in helping to complete many projects that remain undone as well as address issues that are still unresolved. On the other hand, after much thought and prayer, I believe all the energy spent on city issues will be better spent enjoying time with my wife, my two teenage children, my friends, as well as getting more involved in my local church. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve and I wish all the best to the Mayor, the new City Council, and the City Staff as they work to make Turlock the great place I know it to be.